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Cosmology and Galaxies
This course deals with the properties of galaxies, the large scale distribution of matter in the Universe, and the evolution of cosmic structures from the early cosmos until today. We introduce some fundamental theoretical concepts and contrast them with the available observational evidence. We will deal with the following topics: structure and dynamics of galaxies; stellar populations; models of galactic chemical evolution; clustering of galaxies; the standard model of cosmology; cosmological parameters and their determination; the early universe; galaxy formation. Regular homework exercises will be reviewed in the bi-weekly exercise sessions. These exercises serve also to prepare for the written exam at the end of the semester.
Lecturers:Prof. Christoph Pfrommer & Prof. Lutz Wisotzki; exercise classes: Kristian Ehlert
Place and Dates:The lectures take place every Tuesday, at 14:15-15:45 in room 22.214.171.124. The exercise classes and the seminars alternate weekly and take place on Thursday, 08:30-10:00 in room 2.27.0.029.
The cosmology part of the lectures is based on the revised lecture notes originally written by Prof. Bartelmann (University of Heidelberg) and is available as a PDF file.
Online MaterialAdditional reading for this course is available at this link (password protected).
Homework AssignmentsWeekly homework assigments for this course are available at this link (password protected).
Seminar OrganisationWe will discuss the lecture topics in bi-weekly seminar sessions, which will be lead by the students. Until 1 week before each seminar, all students should submit (at least one) question to the respective seminar organisers via a google doc.
Credit Points:Credit points for this lectures can be used for the Master Science Astrophysics Module PHY-750 and the Master Physics Modules 741b, 731, 732, A841. Note that this course is the second part of the Astrophysics I course in stellar astrophysics, galaxies & cosmology.
Grades and credit points are given on the basis of a final in-class exam. To be eligible for this exam, you need to obtain at least 50% of the points of your homework assignments.
Literature (for the cosmology part):